Definition of Downhaul

1. n. A rope to haul down, or to assist in hauling down, a sail; as, a staysail downhaul; a trysail downhaul.



Definition of Downhaul

1. Noun. (nautical) Any rope used to haul down a sail or spar ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Downhaul

1. a rope for hauling down sails [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Downhaul

downfold
downfolded
downfolding
downfolds
downforce
downforces
downgoing
downgoings
downgone
downgrade
downgraded
downgrades
downgrading
downgradings
downgyved
downhaul (current term)
downhauls
downhearted
downheartedly
downheartedness
downhill
downhiller
downhillers
downhills
downhole
downier
downiest
downiness
downinesses
downing

Literary usage of Downhaul

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Seamanship: Comp. from Various Authorities, and Illustrated with Numerous by Stephen Bleecker Luce (1877)
"... or downhaul tackle and lee bowline should then be hauled on, and, if necessary, about two fathoms of the weather clew raised, so as to throw the wind ..."

2. The Kedge-anchor; Or, Young Sailors' Assistant: Or, Young Sailors' Assistant by William N. Brady (1864)
"THE JIB-downhaul PARTS. ... above the first hank, between the stay and jib-halliards, which use for a downhaul, until you reeve a new one. 344.—TO CHASE. ..."

3. A Manual of Yacht and Boat Sailing by Dixon Kemp, Brooke Heckstall-Smith (1900)
"A hand must get on the main boom to fit on the ringtail boom iron, which is similar in form to the iron cap at the masthead. Bend the main peak downhaul to ..."

4. A Manual of the Examination of Masters and Mates as Instituted by the by William C Seaton (1875)
"When bent, clinch the halliards to the sail, reeve the downhaul through a ... Loose the sail, haul aft the lee sheet, let go the downhaul and hoist away ..."

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